A great way to keep focused on your goals is to create a Visualization Board. In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a visualization board on your computer, with free software available online.
First, we highly recommend you download Google's Picasa. This free software allows you the flexibility to create Visualization Boards, Visualization Screen Savers and Visualization Slide Shows that you can keep for yourself, or publish online using YouTube's broadcasting website.
Once you have Picasa installed on your computer, you will want to compile a bunch of photos that will help you with your visualization.
Utilize photos you've taken yourself, or you can locate images online to help your visualization, either way, compile a folder on your computer with the images you wish to use. For our example, we will use the following images:
With all your images in a folder on your hard drive, have Picasa open and let's import them into Picasa so we can start with our Visualization Board.
Under the File menu, select the option: Import From
When the new screen opens up you will have a dropdown selection of options, click on the dropdown menu and select: folder
This will open up a new screen that will allow you to view your hard drive, at this point, locate the folder that you created with the images you would like to use for your Visualization Board.
When you have located the folder, click on it to open it up, and then select all the images you want to import into Picasa and select Import All.
You will be prompted to name the folder, in this case, you can name it: Visualization Board so you can easily locate these images within Picasa once this import is completed.
Within Picasa, you can click on each image, edit it, crop it, and add text. I have added some text to our images as an example. (see below on board)
Once you are ready to prepare your Visualization Board, select the images you want to use. They will be displayed in the bottom left corner for confirmation. Then, select the option on the bottom panel called: Collage. Picasa will automatically display all the selected images on one image, at this time, you can control the size of this image. If you wish to print this out, Adjust the page format to 8.5 x 11 then adjust the images to your preference.
If you wish to use this as a wallpaper for your computer, select the page format option of: Current Display.
There are additional settings you can use to customize your layout more, such as color background, landscape or portrait, have fun, experiment and create something you will enjoy to look at. ** Once you save your collage, you can always go back and re-edit it, add in new photos, or remove old photos no longer needed :D
Once your layout is completed, select: Create Collage (located on the bottom left hand of your screen) and Picasa will compile the file for you. At this point, you can print out your collage, or you can set it as your wall paper, our example Visualization Board looks like this:
Picasa Screen Saver
To setup your computer's screen saver with your visualization images, open Picasa. Under the Tools Menu, select "Configure Screensaver", by clicking on the "Settings" button, you can fine tune the screen saver to display as a collage, or as full images, slowly changing the images you designate as screensaver images.
To add an image to the screensaver, select the image you want to add, right click on your mouse, and a menu will pop up, select the option: "Add to Album" then select "Screensaver"
The next time your computer goes into screensaver mode, the images will rotation through. If you wish to remove an image from your screensaver. On the left hand panel of Picasa, where your image folders are listed, near the top, the album listed as: Screensaver, shows all the images that are set to display when your computer is set in screensaver mode, simply delete the image from the album and the photo will not be displayed in the screensaver on the next launch.